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Windows 7: Second Drive Has Me Locked Out After Re-installing Win7

06 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7 64 Pro
Second Drive Has Me Locked Out After Re-installing Win7

Had Win7 on my system before, but did a fresh re-install due to some glitches. I have two hard drives. The first is for software and the OS. The second is strictly for files like documents, pictures, etc.

The install of Win7 came off without a hitch except for one major problem. When I go to access my D drive, I can see all of the folders, but I cannot access any of the files. How can I get permission to access my files without going through each file one-by-one and changing permissions?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Oct 2011   #2

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

1. Fluff out the system specs,
2. Post the disk management display using procedure given.

Update your SevenForums System Specs
User CP (3rd item in the top menu bar) |
Your Profile | Edit System Spec
(left-hand column)

To gather info, use SIW or Speccy or System Info

Add the word laptop or desktop or netbook to the
“system manufacturer” block, for example,
Toshiba Satellite L305D notebook.

Provide full windows version info, for example:
MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Use the “Other Info” block for Optical Reader,
Mouse, touchpad, wifi adapter, speakers, monitor, etc

Scroll down and click on the SAVE CHANGES button.

Run disk management:
is the key with the wavy flag.

Maximize the output of Disk Management:
ALT-Spacebar key combo (this pops up a menu) followed by X key (selects Maximize) |
Drag the field separators (such as between Status and Capacity) to show entire field. This is very important, otherwise, needed info is not visible.

Make a snapshot:
Drag the cursor around the area you want to snip.
File | Save as | select save location and name | Save

Post the snapshot:
Upload a File or Screenshot in Seven Forums

My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Oct 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

Take ownership. Check on this tutorial Take Ownership Shortcut (Of course a blindshot from me. I will try this out in such a situation. Seems reversible which is comforting.:))
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06 Oct 2011   #4

Window's 7 Ultimate 64bit

Change the security for the complete drive by right clicking on drive letter and picking security and see if the current user has full access to the drives contents. Plus posting the system specs would also help.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Oct 2011   #5

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Taking Ownership is not always sufficient and is not always reversible, dependent upon current owner, etc.

Taking Ownership used blindly can cause many problems and, in fact, result in a reinstall of win 7 being necessary.
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06 Oct 2011   #6

Windows 7 64 Pro

I downloaded SIW but I have no idea what you mean by adding "laptop" or "desktop" to the "system manufacturer" block or "other info" block. I didn't see those categories anywhere.

I can give you a basic rundown of my system:

Windows 7 64-bit Pro on Intel E6850 desktop. Motherboard Asus P5K-E; Nvidia 9600GT; 4GB DDR2

I did attach a jpg of the Disk Managament display.

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Oct 2011   #7

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Re-read the procedure for filling out your system specs.

Your cooperation is appreciated.
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07 Oct 2011   #8

Windows 7 64 Pro

Okay, karlsnooks. Filled things out. Thanks.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Oct 2011   #9

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit


Now the sophisticated way of solving your problem is to determine who is the owner of you 2nd drive, take ownership, give yourself all permissions being sure that you've selected to propogate peremissions form the top all of the way down, then to make Everyone Owner, once again propogarting all off the way down.

But here's what I'd do:
Boot from a System Repair Disc,
Go go a command prompt.
copy everything you want to keep from the ""d" over to the "c" (quotes are there because drive letters might be different when working from the disc).
Format the "d"
exit from the system repair disc command shell and reboot.

Now you will find that D has the permissions you want and you will be able to move things back.


START | type System Repair | Enter key | Create Disc button


1) Insert System Repair Disc into optical reader.
2) Shutdown computer.
3) Boot up computer from the System Repair Disc
If your computer doesn’t boot from the optical drive, then
Immediately after pushing your Power ON button,
start tapping the F2 key to get to the BIOS to change the boot order

On some computers, Immediately after pushing the Power ON button, start tapping the F12 key and choose CD/DVD to change the boot order only for this time.
4) Wait while a mini-version of Windows is loaded and finally the SYSTEM RECOVERY OPTIONS dialog appears.
will search your system for installed versions of Windows.
6) select the Use recovery tools that can help fix problems starting Windows radio button |
7) NEXT | Choose Command Prompt

Run desired commands and type EXIT when finished.
Remove the System Repair Disc.
Shutdown computer.
Power on computer.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Oct 2011   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

@ndmuscutt, try this easy way out. the result of my quick research.

( I shudder at the thought of relocating tons of data to another drive, formatting and transfering the data back, even though I have all the resources for doing that complicated and time consuming task.)
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